Report: U.S. Lung Cancer Survival Rate Rises 21%

James Heilman, MD / CC BY-SA 3.0

NEW YORK, NY (Newsource) – According to a new report, survival rates for Lung Cancer are on the rise in the U.S. but more work remains to be done.

The five-year Lung Cancer survival rate increased from 21 percent in 2014 to 25 percent in 2018.

Experts call that “remarkable progress,” but it’s still the nation’s leading cause of Cancer death.

In communities of color, the five-year survival rate is much lower, at only 20 percent.

That’s according to the 2022 state of Lung Cancer report, which was published Tuesday by the American Lung Association.

Cases fell 11 percent nationwide from 2014 to 2018. In 2021, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force expanded its screening recommendations for Lung Cancer.

It’s now recommended for anyone 50 to 80 who smoked a pack a day for 20 years or two packs a day for 10 years or anyone who currently smokes or has quit in the past 15 years.


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